Developer proposes 220+ homes next to Clarke Farms

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Following a series of development proposals that never got off the ground, a new plan to build homes next to Clarke Farms has surfaced.

The Parker Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of an application Nov. 14 to rezone 63 acres south of Mainstreet, just east of Clarke Farms and west of the Cherry Creek Regional Trail. The request would change a plan approved in 2005 to develop The Overlook at Cherry Creek, an 844-unit age-restricted retirement village with an assisted-living facility and memory care.

Using the same name, the latest developers want to construct up to 223 single-family homes — at a gross density of 3.5 dwelling units per acre — and remove language that allows for apartments, said Stacey Nerger, associate planner for the Town of Parker. They also want to delete references to the previously approved senior living community.

The proposal was submitted in August by United Development Companies LLC, a Denver-based real estate development firm. It is scheduled to go in front of Parker Town Council at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at town hall. A sketch plan is now under review by Parker’s community development department.

While Nerger has not received an official comment from the Clarke Farms Homeowners Association, a handful of residents attended the Nov. 14 planning commission meeting to inquire about potential impacts to home values and traffic congestion on nearby roads. The neighborhood would have an access point off Motsenbocker Road, which has experienced an increase in vehicle traffic since the fall opening of American Academy’s Parker campus. A preliminary analysis showed that the level of service on surrounding streets would be “acceptable,” according to a planning document.

The homeowners also asked if a buffer in the previous plan to separate existing homes from new construction would be honored. Nerger said those details will be addressed in future phases of the development review process.

Significant grading will have to occur because of the undulating terrain, and United Development Companies LLC would likely be required to build a small section of the future East West Regional Trail that will lead to the Cherry Creek trail. It would also be responsible for road improvements on Motsenbocker Road.

As part of its recommendation for approval, town staff said the 63-acre parcel is the “correct site” for the proposed development. The Overlook at Cherry Creek would create “minimal” environmental impacts, and the ones that exist can be mitigated, a staff report to the planning commission says.

“Aside from the Cherry Creek floodplain which has already been platted and dedicated to the town, there are no significant wildlife or open space resource areas identified for potential preservation,” it says.

The property is within the medium density residential character area in the town’s master plan. It stretches from the IREA transmission station at the Motsenbocker Road curve near Todd Drive on the south to Mainstreet on the north. Bar CCC Park is to the east. The land was once owned by the Parker Water and Sanitation District and, at one point in the mid-1990s, was going to be turned into a golf course.

Assuming the latest applications are approved, United Development Companies LLC is at least six to eight months from the start of construction, Nerger said.

View the amended Planned Development guide here.